The German Jagdpanther is regarded by ordnance experts as one of the best tracked weapons systems during World War 2. A Pak 43/3 L71 88mm gun was mounted on the proven Panther medium tank chassis. The gun was installed into the box-shaped superstructure, which used 80mm thick steel armor at the front and 50mm at the sides. These frontal and side armor plates were effectively inclined to obtain an improved protection. A ball-mounted MG42 bow machine gun was installed at the right side of the main gun. Weighing in at 46 tons and propelled by the powerful Maybach V.12 cylinder engine, this tank destroyer had well-balanced fire power, protection and mobility.